Chicago Federation of Labor Records

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1890-1983
Extent: 56.5 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
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Scope and Content Note:
The Chicago Federation of Labor records include minutes, 1903-22, sound recordings, ca. 1960s-1980s, and files from the office of the president, primarily incoming letters to John Fitzpatrick, 1913-39; and topical files of William Lee, primarily 1963-82. Includes some personal papers of Fitzpatrick as well. Topics include Fitzpatrick's work as an organizer for the American Federation of Labor.

The Fitzpatrick material relates to his presidency (1899-1901, 1905-46) of the CFL, work as an organizer for the American Federation of Labor, leadership of the Journeyman Horse Shoers Union, and unsuccessful candidacy for mayor of Chicago on the Labor Party ticket (1919). Topics include labor, Chicago civic and political affairs, the Farmer-Labor Parties of Cook County and of the United States, Brookwood Resident Workers College (Katonah, N.Y.), Chicago and Illinois teachers organizations and school matters, African Americans in labor, William Z. Foster, socialism and communism and their relevance to the labor movement, the independence of Ireland, and Russian relief in the early 1920s. Correspondents include Samuel Gompers, William Green, Frank Morrison, and Edward Nockels.

Also present is a microfilm copy of John H. Keiser's dissertation on Fitzpatrick and files relating to the Federation News and other CFL topics that were gathered by Irwin Klass.

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